About Our Program
First Baptist Church of East Greenwich and Warwick Central Baptist Church have partnered in an extraordinary program of Pastoral Residency.
We offer an exciting opportunity for a seminary graduate to gain invaluable pastoral experience under the care and direction of two dynamic congregations and their forward-thinking Pastors. Our two churches are partnering in this unique opportunity to provide a caring, nurturing, and stimulating environment for pastoral growth for the seminary graduate, while also experiencing the fresh enthusiasm from, and the dynamic interaction with, the new graduate.
Recognizing that the transition from seminary to full-time pastoral ministry is challenging, this program seeks to provide a supportive environment for new clergy. We are offering a new seminary graduate a two-year residency program in local ministry experience that will prepare the Resident Pastor for becoming a solo pastor in an American Baptist church.
Through the Pastoral Residency, we will seek to build on strong seminary experiences by providing the next generation’s most promising pastoral leaders a special entrance into local ministry. The primary purpose of our Pastoral Residency Program is to enable new clergy to develop the skills and practices -- personal, professional and pastoral -- which will provide a solid foundation for the Resident Pastor’s ministry into the future.
We were please to call our first Pastoral Resident Pastor, Ebony Grisom, in 2015
Ebony Grisom, Resident Pastor, was born and reared in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.A. in African-American and African Studies. Shortly after college, she began a career in education, working in Admission Offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and North Carolina. Pastor Ebony heard her called to ministry while serving a women’s ministry and in various lay ministries at a Baptist church in Massachusetts. As a seminarian, she had the opportunity to serve two congregations and one college chaplaincy in North Carolina. Prior to joining First Baptist Church (and Warwick Central Baptist Church) as a pastoral resident, Pastor Ebony earned an M.A. in American History at Providence College, and an M. Div. from Duke Divinity School. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, antiquing, baking, crafting, traveling, and all things New York…especially the Yankees! “Reverend. Grisom was ordained in our church in October of 2016”